Why people leave Facebook-owned WhatsApp – and what it tells us about the value of privacy.
Facebook has experienced a lot of ups and downs over the past couple of years. Most notably, the security and privacy concerns which arose after the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
Besides the Cambridge Analytica, Facebook and WhatsApp users have also been worried about their personal information after the Snowden leaks, revelations about Mark Zuckerberg’s secret meeting with the US president Donald Trump, overall heightened sensitivity to privacy concerns amid Russian hacks in the United States.
It appears the the social media giant didn’t learn a lesson.
There are reports WhatsApp users are abandoning the platform in droves after learning their private information will be shared with the social media giant whether they want it to or not.
Rival encrypted messaging app Signal tweeted many are jumping ship, a transition encouraged by a simple tweet from Elon Musk, the world’s newly crowned richest man.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 7, 2021
Verification codes are currently delayed across several providers because so many new people are trying to join Signal right now (we can barely register our excitement). We are working with carriers to resolve this as quickly as possible. Hang in there.
— Signal (@signalapp) January 7, 2021
You can find here more details of the changes and what WhatsApp will share and what options and alternatives you have moving forward.
We are in an era of historically unprecedented opportunities for social connection, engagement and communications. Although WhatsApp may still continue to grow, those who leave the platform reveal interesting trends which hint at how future relationships with smart technology, personal data and social media will play out.